FAQ

How much do you get for donating eggs?

Egg donors will be paid for their time, commitment, and generosity. The amount of compensation is various depending on the agency or clinic where you donate your eggs. However, on average the egg donation compensation ranges from $5,000 up to $10,000. Experienced and high demand egg donors may earn more. Read egg donor compensation to know the details.

How old do you have to be to donate eggs?

The age of egg donors are between 21 and 34 years old. There are some agencies which accept egg donor at age 18. However, it is recommended that egg donors must be at least 21 years old to ensure that they are mature enough to understand the egg donation risks and emotional level of donating eggs.

How often can you donate eggs?

Many egg donors donate their eggs more than once. Though, you may not donate your eggs more than six times. It is what the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends.

How long does it take for one typical egg donation cycle?

It will depend on some factors. After completing the egg donor application, it will take you about a month or more to finish your interviews and beginning test. Before starting the egg donation process, you must be “chosen” by a recipient or recipient couple. It can sometimes take some months. Some donors may never be chosen while other donors are chosen almost right away after they join the egg donor program.

What are the risks of donating eggs?

The main risk is a condition which is called Ovarian Hyper-Stimulation Syndrome (OHS). It happens rarely. To prevent it, there is a very careful monitoring which is conducted by a fertility expert.  If you have this syndrome, you may gain weight and fee an extreme bloating. Read more about egg donation risks.

You may also get a risk of infection. To prevent or decrease this infection, you will be given antibiotics. It is important for the donors review all risks and potential side effects with their physician.

Does donating eggs hurt?

Each donor may have a different experience. There are some egg donors who are able to go out and go shopping the day of retrieval. The egg retrieval is conducted under sedation. Hence a donor will not experience pain during the procedure.  For those who are experiencing any uncomfortable cramping and bloating following the process, it may take them several days to rest.

Is egg donation safe?

Egg donation is done and monitored by the medical specialists. There may be some effects such as bloating and abdominal cramping. There have been many egg donors who have successfully donated. There are some of them who donated their eggs again.

If I donate my eggs can I still have babies?

Yes. You can still have babies after donating your eggs. Egg donation doesn’t cause infertility. Read more.

What does the egg donation process look like?

The egg donation process begins with an application. If you have been accepted as a egg donor and you have passed a number of interviews and tests, the next step is matching you with a recipient. (An egg may not ever be matched with a recipient.)

The egg donation cycle generally takes around 3 up to 4 weeks. You will be doing self-injections with hormonal medications to make your ovaries generate multiple eggs. During this period, you will have to visit office frequently for monitoring your progress. When the physicians know that your eggs are prepared for ovulation, you will trigger ovulation with a different kind of injection. The process of egg retrieval is done on the next day. For more details, please see the step-by-step guide for egg donation process.

Will I have to travel?

It depends on the place where you live and location of the recipient’s IVF center. If you agree to be matched in another location, you should travel for one day for consulting with the physician and testing at the start of the egg donor process.

Later, when you start medication, you can travel to your destination city for a stay. It may last anywhere between 7-14 days to finish the process and experience the egg retrieval. You are allowed to have a companion for the last trip. Your intended parents will cover all airfare, hotel and daily stipend.

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